cotton

Jason Penney, Creative Commons

Drive on any major highway in Kansas and you’ll likely see some roadkill.

For decades, biologists at the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism have found a treasure trove in their counts of flattened animals. It’s a way to create a population index of raccoons and beavers.

In 1986, the scientists also started counting armadillos.

Krisofor Husted / Harvest Public Media

Cotton fabric has been a staple in our closets for decades. But times are tough for farmers in the U.S. cotton belt: They’re caught in the middle of a storm of changing global demand. Harvest Public Media’s Kristofor Husted visited cotton farmers and found them hoping for a rebound.